Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care M.Div. Specialization

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To serve as military and hospital chaplain, pastor, church staff member in pastoral care and counseling, or related areas wherein a license in counseling is not required. Some pastors who desire a specialization in pastoral care would also pursue this degree.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Adam Hughes (Program Supervisor)

  • Dr. Bo Rice (Program Coordinator/Advisor)

Program Requirements

Basic Ministerial Competency Component (69 hours)

Biblical Exposition Competency (21 hours)

Course

Hours

Exploring the Old Testament

3

Exploring the New Testament

3

Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics

3

Introductory Hebrew Grammar

3

Intermediate Hebrew Grammar for OT Exegesis

3

Introductory Greek Grammar

3

Intermediate Greek Grammar for NT Exegesis

3

Christian Theological Heritage Competency (17 hours)

course

hours

Systematic Theology 1

3

Systematic Theology 2

3

History of Christianity: Early - Medieval

3

Baptist Heritage

2

Philosophy of Religion

3

Christian Apologetics

3

NOBTS, SBC, and Cooperative Program

*

Disciple Making Competency (7 hours)

course

hours

Supervised Ministry 1: Personal Evangelism Practicum (M)

2

Church Evangelism (M)

2

Christian Missions (M)

3

Interpersonal Skills Competency (4 hours)

course

hours

Counseling in Ministry 

2

Interpersonal Relationship Skills 

2

Servant Leadership Competency (8 hours)

course

hours

Supervised Ministry 2: Ministry Practicum (M)

2

Pastoral Ministry

3

Church Leadership and Administration (M

3

Spiritual and Character Formation Competency (4 hours)

course

hours

Introduction to Spiritual Formation (M

1

Christian Ethics
OR
Biblical Ethics

3

Worship Leadership Competency (8 hours)

course

hours

Worship Leadership

3

Proclaiming the Bible
OR
Teaching the Bible***

3

Preaching Practicum
OR
Teaching Practicum*** (M)

2

Specialization Competency Component (12 hours)

Students will choose one Track from the following:

Chaplaincy (6 hours)

course

hours

Theological and Practical Issues in Chaplaincy 

3

Advanced Chaplaincy 

3

Choose 6 hours from the following courses:

Advanced Pastoral Counseling

3

A Practical Integration of Psychology, Theology, and
Spirituality in the Counseling Setting 

3

Brief Approaches to Individual, Marriage, and Family Therapy

3

CPE****

3

Elective Component (6 hours)

Free Electives (6 hours)

Total Required: 87 hours

(M) Indicates course is also available in a mentoring format.

*All graduate students must take this course during orientation in their first semester; however, students will not receive a credit hour or be charged for the course.

**Students not called into a preaching ministry may choose to take Teaching the Bible instead of Proclaiming the Bible, and Teaching Practicum instead of Preaching Practicum.

***Students may receive credit for completing the introductory unit of training designated Basic CPE from another institution.